Schools in at Eildon
  |  First Published: March 2015

Over the summer holiday period there many fishing seminars held for lovers of trout fishing. Designed for anglers of all ages they provided an excellent opportunity for anglers to develop their skills and share their love of angling with others.

Craig Foulis, Jarrod Biles, Lyndon Webb, and Brenda Galey gave up their own time to share their knowledge and love of trout fishing with anyone who wanted to attend. Prizes, giveaways, smoked trout tastings and angling packs courtesy of Leigh and the crew at Eildon Trout Farm combined to make it a truly rewarding event for all involved. It's fantastic to see the these likeminded angling stewards looking after future anglers and educating them about our wonderful area and the lakes and rivers that abound in the Murrindindi region. There are future seminars planed, and I will keep your informed of their dates as the come to hand.

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Craig Foulis recently landed a monster rainbow trout in the pondage that tipped the scales at just under 10lb. Craig’s big rainbow is definitely a fish of a lifetime and an insight into the quality of fish on offer in this unique fishery. Even though the water level at the pondage has been up and down like a jack hammer it has been fishing very well with good numbers of browns and rainbows between 2 and 4lb being caught. Craig’s monster rainbow fell to a pink coloured Tassie Devil, a perennial favourite in the area, while for bait anglers locally made dough has been the standout bait choice.

Lake Eildon has been somewhat of a mystery of late, March however should see things start to improve with another run of yellowbelly on the cards for the next few months. The yellowbelly caught recently have been on the small side, and has been largely due to the less than ideal weather in the area. A run of the good weather should hopefully should see the bigger fish come out to play.

The cod fishing in contrast has been good with quality fish being caught. I’ve heard of three fish over a metre being caught, while plenty of 45-75cm models have been caught in all the usual spots on the lake. It’s rewarding to see the hardwork of Fisheries and fish stocking coming to fruition and so many people embracing and understanding the slot limits for the longevity and sustainability of the iconic Murray cod species. Redfin once again are proving very sporadic, with reports of good catches very thin on the ground. For those keen to target them Taylor Bay still remains the best producer of fish, with worms the number one choice for catching a few.

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